HC Deb 26 July 1939 vol 350 cc1470-1
77. Mr. Maxwell

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is in a position to make any statements on the inquiry which he instituted on the recent railway accident near Downham Market?

Captain Wallace

The report of the Chief Inspecting Officer who held the inquiry into this railway accident is not yet completed, and I am, therefore, not yet in a position to make any statement on the matter. In any case, criminal proceedings are being instituted against the lorry driver concerned in this accident, and until such proceedings are concluded it would not be proper for me to make public the findings of the Chief Inspecting Officer.

Mr. Maxwell

When the inquiry is over and the criminal proceedings are completed, will my right hon. and gallant Friend consider having a general inquiry into the whole question of level crossings, particularly pedestrian crossings?

Captain Wallace

That is a much wider question.

Mr. De Chair

Can my right hon. and gallant Friend say when the report will be ready?

Captain Wallace

No, Sir.